MainOne secures licence in Cote D’Ivoire

As part of its West Africa expansion, connectivity and data centre solutions operator, MainOne, has secured a licence to expand national and international connectivity services in Cote D’Ivoire. The C1B licence received from Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services, will enable MainOne land its trans-Atlantic submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Cote D’Ivoire to strengthen connectivity, reduce international capacity costs and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet Service Providers.   Cote D’Ivoire authorities believe that the construction of a fourth cable authorised…

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Security agencies demand more telecoms coverage

  Worried by lack of connectivity, especially in some remote areas, which have been hindering their operations, men of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have called on telecommunications companies in the country to deploy more base stations in remote areas and along expressways.   This came as they expressed frustration over their inability to make emergency calls from fringe areas due to lack of coverage.     Speaking during a programme of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Consumer Town Hall Meeting, held in Epe,…

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ATCON: States, councils violating cybercrime law

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has described indiscriminate shutting down of base stations by states and local government authorities as violation of the country’s cybercrime law.   ATCON President, Mr Olusola Teniola, who made this declaration during a courtesy visit to a former President of the association, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who is now the Secretary to the Akwa-Ibom State Government, however, lamented that the act had continued because nobody is implementing or enforcing the law.   According to him, the cybercrime law treats telecoms infrastructure as a…

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NIN now a requirement for land allocation in FCT

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has made the National Identification Number (NIN) mandatory for land allocation within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).   The Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, disclosed this when the Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz, paid him a courtesy visit.   According to a statement from NIMC’s Head, Corporate Communication, Mr Loveday Ogbonna, the minister expressed the need for every land allocated to be matched to an individual through the NIN in order to track and…

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With WhatsApp update, you can regain deleted files

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Concerns have been raised about the new update of WhatsApp, which allows users to access videos and images they have deleted. It is believed the update clearly shows that the app stores users’ personal information for longer than it says it does. The update, which is now available to Android users worldwide, enables users to recover pictures, videos, GIFs, documents or voice notes that were sent and subsequently deleted. Tech website, WaBetaInfo said it was able to download images which had been deleted two or even three months ago. Normally…

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NITDA bridges gender gap with ICT training for women

In its bid to address men/ women inequality in the ICT space, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is set to empower 100 women with ICT skills training.     The first batch of the training, which started in the North West region of the country is aimed at creating 300 hundred direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs for women.   According to NITDA’s Director General, Dr Isa Pantami, Key objectives of the programme include boosting digital literacy, creating digital jobs, bridging the digital divide, promoting digital inclusion,…

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Cambridge Analytica: Facebook jettisons $40bn revenue

Against the backdrop of recent data breach involving British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has introduced stringent advertisement rules, which experts believe will create a deep hole in the social network company’s revenue.   The social media giant last year raked in $39.9 billion in global advertising revenue, breaking a new record for itself and a significant increase in comparison to the previous years. However, with the introduction of new policy that forbids some political ads and stringent control on those to be used on the platform, the company’s…

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Subscribers berate telcos over poor services

  Subscribers of telecoms operators in Nigeria have lamented the lingering poor quality of service delivery that has been associated with service providers in recent times.   Some of the subscribers, who spoke with New Telegraph, stated that their grouse is largely hinged on the lack of quality service to make calls effectively and to fully enjoy data bundles purchased by them before specified expiration dates approach.   They blamed network providers for their cavalier attitude towards the plight of  subscribers as a result of protracted poor service delivery across…

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ICT: Still on a tortuous road

With several challenges yet unaddressed, the Nigerian ICT sector continued its slow-paced, but steady growth in the first quarter. However, stakeholders warn of dire consequences if the current impediments are not removed, SAMSON AKINTARO reports   Smartingfrom the turbulence of previous year that almost claimed one of the leading operators in the sector, the Nigerian ICT sector began 2018 on a brighter note with telecom subscriptions going northward after consistent downtrend. Indeed, with over 2 million additional subscriptions recorded last January alone, bringing mobile subscriptions to 147.2 million, the sector…

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Experts to open new frontiers for digital growth

Determined to deepen the knowledge of integrating new innovations in leadership and change management for maximum business productivity, New Horizons in conjunction with Logical Operations, Belgium is set to host the 2018 edition of Leadership and Technology summit.   With the theme: Leading for optimal performance in the Digital Age, the summit on Situational Leadership, IT Governance, Risks and Compliance amongst others, is to expose top decision makers, training directors, HR Directors, CIOS, CTOs, to the latest technology innovations driving maximum business productivity.   According to the organisers, Logical Operations…

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